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NCCAOM Study Guides

The OCOM Library carries a number of test preparation workbooks for the NCCAOM. Here’s our top recommendations (in no particular order):

  • Acupuncture (TCM Study Guide Series) / Shi Cun Wu
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  • Diagnostics (TCM Study Guide Series) / Shi Cun Wu
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  • Preparing for the NCCAOM acupuncture examination / Lei W. Ding
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  • 750 questions & answers about acupuncture : exam preparation & study guide / Fred Jennes.
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  • NCCAOM examination study guide for diplomate in Oriental medicine certification for the 2010 examination administration.
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  • Test prep workbook for basic TCM theory / Zhong Bai-song & You Bing
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  • Herbology, Volume I (TCM Study Guide Series) / Shi Cun Wu
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  • Review and pretest for Chinese herbology licensure exams in U.S.A. / Sidong Chen
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  • Test prep workbook for the NCCAOM bio-medicine module exam preparation & study guide / Zhong Bai-song
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  • Biomedicine review : a review manual, test prep and study guide for acupuncturists and East Asian medicine practitioners / Catherine Follis
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Most of the acupuncture test books can be found in the WB 369.5 section, but examination guides on subjects such as herbs and biomedicine are found in different areas. You can try searching “nccaom” or “examination questions” in our catalog to find other study guides. Here are the textbooks recommended by the NCCAOM for studying in the specific testing areas:

Acupuncture:

  • Cheng, Xinnong, ed. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 2nd ed. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2007.
  • Deadman, Peter, Mazin Al-Khafaji, Keven Baker. A Manual of Acupuncture. 2nd ed. East Sussex, England: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications, 2007.
  • National Acupuncture Foundation. Clean Needle Technique Manual for Acupuncturists. Guidelines and Standards for a Clean and Safe Clinical Practice of Acupuncture. 6th ed. Chaplin, CT: National Acupuncture Foundation, 2009.
  • O’Connor, John, and Dan Bensky, trns. and ed. Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text. Shanghai College of Traditional Medicine. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press, 1996.
  • Chirali, Llkay Z. Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy. 2nd ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2007.
  • Connelly, Dianne M. Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements. 2nd ed. Traditional Acupuncture Institute, 1994.
  • Kaptchuk, Ted J. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.
  • Maciocia, Giovanni. The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists. 2nd ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2005.
  • Maciocia, Giovanni. The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Disease with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. 2nd ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2007.
  • Nielsen, Arya. Guasha - A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice. Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
  • Wiseman, Nigel, and Andy Ellis. Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine. Revised Edition. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications, 1995.
  • Worsley, J.R. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture: Meridians and Points. 2nd ed. Element Books, 1991.
  • Wu, Yan, and Warren Fischer. Practical Therapeutics of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ed. Jake P. Fratkin. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications, 1997.
  • Zhang, Ting Liang, and Bob Flaws. Trns. A Handbook of Traditional Chinese Gynecology. 3rd ed. Boulder, CO: Blue Poppy Press, 1987.

Biomedical:

  • Anzaldua, David. An Acupuncturist's Guide to Medical Red Flags & Referrals. Boulder, CO: Blue Poppy Enterprises, Inc., 2010.
  • Bickley, Lynn S. Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. 11th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers, 2012.
  • Fischback, Frances and Marshall B. Dunning. A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers, 2008.
  • Kailin, David C. Quality in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Corvallis, OR: CMS Press, 2006.
  • Katzung, Bertram G., Susan B. Masters, and Anthony J. Trevor, eds. Basic and Clinical Pharmacology. 12th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Medical, 2011.
  • MacPhee, Stephen J. and Maxine A. Papadakis. Current Diagnosis and Medical Treatment. Columbus: McGraw-Hill Medical. (Current Edition)
  • Magee, David J. Orthopedic Physical Assessment, 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier, 2008.
  • Mahan, L. Kathleen and Sylvia Escott-Stump. Krause's Food & Nutrition Therapy. 12th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2008.
  • NCCAOM®. “Code of Ethics.” 2008. http://www.nccaom.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/Code%20of%20Ethics.pdf.
  • National Acupuncture Foundation. Clean Needle Technique Manual for Acupuncturists. Guidelines and Standards for a Clean and Safe Clinical Practice of Acupuncture. 6th ed. Chaplin, CT: National Acupuncture Foundation, 2009.
  • PDR Staff (Ed.). PDR for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs 2011 (Physicians' Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements & Herbs). 32nd ed. PDR Network, 2011.
  • Porter, Robert S. (Ed.). The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 19th ed. West Point, PA: Merck & Co. Inc., 2011.

Chinese Herbology:

  • Bensky, Dan, Steven Clavey, Erich Stoger, and Andrew Gamble. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica. Third edition. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press, 2004.
  • Chen, John K., and Tina T. Chen. Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications. City of Industry, CA: Art of Medicine Press, Inc., 2008.
    Chen, John K., and Tina T. Chen. Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology. City of Industry, CA: Art of Medicine Press, Inc., 2004.
  • Scheid, Volker, Dan Bensky, Andrew Ellis, and Randall Barolet. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. 2nd ed. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press, 2009.
  • Cheng, Xinnong, ed. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 3rd ed. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2010.
  • Fratkin, Jake Paul. Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines: The Clinical Desk Reference. Boulder, CO: Shya Publications, 2001.
  • Lu, Henry C. Chinese System of Food Cures: Prevention & Remedies. New York: Sterling Publishing, 1986.
  • Maciocia, Giovanni. Obstetrics & Gynecology in Chinese Medicine. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1998.
  • Maciocia, Giovanni. The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2005.
  • Wu, Yan, and Warren Fischer. Practical Therapeutics of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ed. Jake P. Fratkin. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications, 1997.

Foundations of Oriental Medicine:

  • Cheng, Xinnong, ed. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 3rd ed. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2010.
  • Clavey, Steven. Fluid Physiology and Pathology in Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2nd ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2003.
  • Deng, Tietao. Practical Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. London: Churchill Livingstone, 1999.
  • Kaptchuk, Ted J. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.
  • Maciocia, Giovanni. Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2004.
  • Maciocia, Giovanni. The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2005.
  • Maciocia, Giovanni. The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2007.
  • Scheid, Volker, Dan Bensky, Andrew Ellis, and Randall Barolet. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. 2nd ed. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press, 2009.
  • Wiseman, Nigel, and Andy Ellis. Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine. Revised Edition. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications, 1995.
    Wu, Yan, and Warren Fischer. Practical Therapeutics of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ed. Jake P. Fratkin. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications, 1997.